NYSERDA Announces Availability of U.S. Climate Alliance "Playbooks" to Combat Climate Change

New Resources Align with New York’s Nation Leading Climate Initiatives

December 12, 2018

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the availability of three “playbooks” produced by the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition now including 16 states and Puerto Rico, to address climate change and implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. The playbooks, released in conjunction with COP24, a series of climate meetings with international counterparts taking place in Poland, will serve as implementation resources for states in deploying solar energy, spurring electric grid modernization, and enhancing resilience in the face of climate impacts and natural hazards.

The guides are the U.S. Climate Alliance’s latest step to advance interstate policy solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, grow the economy and pursue aggressive climate actions at the state level considering the federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, New York State, said, “As the Trump Administration continues to backtrack on policies and regulations to protect our air, water and climate, these resources will provide states with blueprints to deploy proven clean energy approaches that benefit the environment and the economy simultaneously. The playbooks draw on what U.S. Climate Alliance members are already putting into practice. In New York, non-wires solutions are saving ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars while spurring the deployment of advanced clean energy solutions. It's the leadership of state governors like Andrew M. Cuomo of New York that enables states to work together to protect our citizens from the harmful and threatening impacts of extreme weather events due to climate change.”

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “These new Playbooks will enable states across the country to embrace clean energy and climate strategies that are already proving to be highly successful, providing a robust nationwide foundation for clean energy growth. New York is committed to working closely with our sister states to advance clean energy and innovative technologies, to build resiliency in our communities, protect vulnerable populations and to collectively lead the U.S. in fighting climate change.”

Three solutions are highlighted in the playbooks: solar deployment, non-wire solutions (NWS), and resiliency:

  • The Solar Deployment GuidebookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., developed in collaboration with the National Association of State Energy OfficialsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (NASEO), was created to assist states and localities in accelerating solar adoption. In February 2018, the Trump administration decided to impose import tariffs on solar hardware components, which are expected to increase the cost of U.S. solar projects by 10% and reduce installations by 11%. In response, the guidebook provides strategies and tools to reduce non-hardware costs of solar deployment, including permitting, zoning, property taxes, and municipal procurement so that solar energy deployment can continue to grow.
  • The Non-Wires Solutions Implementation PlaybookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., developed in collaboration with Rocky Mountain InstituteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., highlights how electric utilities increasingly can reduce their system infrastructure investments and save customers money by employing non-wires solutions—portfolios of distributed energy resources like solar PV, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response—to cost-effectively meet growing grid needs. The Playbook identifies the key barriers that have inhibited more widespread non-wires deployment and makes practical recommendations for states to overcome them.
  • The New Governors’ Resilience PlaybookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. provides information to new governors assuming office in January 2019 on how to minimize climate risk, maximize clean economic growth opportunities and reduce future costs from extreme weather and climate variability. Climate change is bringing increased and more severe extreme weather events like hurricanes and wildfires, with a high human and economic cost. In 2017 and 2018 alone, the U.S. suffered over $300 billion in damages from extreme weather events. The playbook proposes a ten-step strategy for new governors to engage local actors and direct state agencies to enhance resilience.

New York's Climate Leadership 

Governor Cuomo co-founded the U.S. Climate AllianceLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. because of New York’s commitment to develop and invest in clean energy solutions and technologies and to facilitate interstate collaboration on combating climate change.  

New York has one of the most ambitious clean energy agendas in the nation.  With an aggressive mandate for 50 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030, the Governor is advancing regulatory and programmatic reforms under the Reforming the Energy VisionLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (REV) agenda to better incentivize utilities and third parties to work with the public sector to invest and scale clean energy technologies for a cleaner, more resilient and more affordable energy system.  The state, which is leading by example in cutting its own carbon footprint, has developed the nation’s most comprehensive offshore wind master plan to responsibly develop 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind; set a new energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by the equivalent that is used by 1.8 million New York households by 2025; developed the state’s first Energy Storage Roadmap to meet an energy storage target of 1,500 megawatts by 2025; fostered more than a 1,000 percent increase in solar since 2011; and created the nation’s largest Green BankLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

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